I’m taking a cue from the squirrels, and putting away some of summer’s bounty for leaner times:
The sweet potatoes are from my grandfather’s garden. They are already cured, so they just went into a paper sack. The tomatoes and peaches are from the farmer’s market. When one of the farmers heard that I was canning, he offered me his basket of damaged tomatoes for half price. Score! Out of this bounty I got two quarts of peaches and three quarts of tomatoes.
I’m currently using a storage room for excess produce. It’s at the very bottom of the house, so it stays pretty cool with the AC running (and trust me, the AC is running quite a bit right now). In the winter, I’ll close the vents and put a towel under the door, so it turns into a makeshift root cellar. Apple season is just barely started here in Georgia, so I can’t wait to put away some apples! I’ll have to research good keeping varieties.
What are you planning to store for the winter?